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Lydia Howell photo

A national search has begun to identify the ninth chair of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine following the retirement of current chair Lydia Howell, M.D., at the end of academic year 2022-23. WittKiefer is leading the search; interested individuals should submit inquiries through the office of Imran Ali via e-mail.

Kareem Allam, M.D. will be joining the department as a clinical informatics fellow in July. Dr. Allam is completing his residency in clinical pathology at the University of Texas in Houston, received his medical degree from University of Illinois Chicago, master’s degree in physics from UC Los Angeles, and undergraduate degree from UC Irvine.

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Vice Chair of Research Yvonne Wan has two new grants: $1 million grant from California Department of Public Health for "Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Metabolic Dysfunction and Alzheimer's Disease: The Diet-Gut-Liver-Brain Axis" and $670,000 from Fox Chase for "Preclinical Drug Development Program: Preclinical Efficacy and Intermediate Endpoint Biomarkers."

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Associate Professor Tony Karnezis gave four one-hour talks, two lectures and two slide sessions on gynecological pathology including molecular and immunohistochemical profiling at the Philippine Society of Pathologists annual meeting on January 14, 2023.

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Professor Alexander “Sandy” Borowsky’s $1.1 million contract from the Eunice Shriver Foundation National Institute of Child Health and Human Development was featured in the first annual public Research Impact Report from School of Medicine's Office of Research ( This contract supports the Clinical Center for the California Partnership for Personalized Nutrition (CAPPN).

Nam Tran, Ph.D., M.S., HCLD (ABB), CLS, MLS (ASCP)cm, FAACC Imran H. Khan photo Jeffery Wajda photo Luke Dang photo

A unique study, Prediction-of-tuberculosis-using-an-automated-machine-learning-platform-for-models-trained-on-synthetic-data (, involving the UC Davis-developed MILO platform, was published in the Journal of Pathology Informatics and appears on the Amazon Science site where AWS highlights its notable studies. Authors include Pathology faculty Nam Tran, Imran Khan, Jeffery Wajda, resident Luke Dang, and former faculty members Hooman Rashidi and Samer Albahra, plus collaborators at Amazon Web Services.

Nam Tran photo

Professor Nam Tran, Senior Director of Clinical Pathology has several new leadership roles. He is the new Chair-Elect for the American Association of Clinical Chemistry (AACC) Point-of-Care Testing Division, Chair of the AACC's Northern California Section, and a member of the International Federation for Clinical Chemistry's work group for continuous glucose meters.

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Associate Professor James Chan published “Simulated fine-needle aspiration diagnosis of follicular thyroid nodules by hyperspectral Raman microscopy and chemometric analysis - PMC (” in the September issue of the Journal of Biomedical Optics with former cytology director and Professor emeritus Alaa Afify and collaborators from the UC Davis Health Department of Surgery and from the University of Washington.

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Anatomic Pathology Director Dorina Gui is among the members of the Association of Directors of Anatomic and Surgical Pathology advocating for maintaining regulatory exemptions for digital pathology implemented during the COVID-19 pandemic in a recent letter published in Nature Medicine: “Ensuring remote diagnostics for pathologists: an open letter to the US Congress.

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Vice Chair of Strategic Technologies Richard Levenson presented “New Technologies for Tissue Microscopy, New opportunities for Computational Pathology” at the Digital Pathology Association’s annual meeting on October 16-19, 2022 in Las Vegas.

Jiejun (Jeff) Wu photo

Resident Jiejun Jeff Wu presented a poster “Which Features, If Any, Are Diagnostically Specific For Allergic Contact Dermatitis?” at the College of American Pathologists’ annual meeting, October 8-11, 2022 in New Orleans.

Anupam Mitra photo Jiejun (Jeff) Wu photo

Residents Anupam Mitra and Jiejun Jeff Wu presented posters at the American Society of Clinical Pathology’s 100th annual meeting on September 7-9, 2022 in Chicago. Dr. Mitra presented “Squamous Morules in a Fundic Gland Polyp: A Rare Benign Mimic of Well-Differentiated Neuroendocrine Tumor” and Dr. Wu presented “Biannual Administration of a Slide Exam to Resident to Prepare Them for Board Examinations: A Pilot Effort”.

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